Jonson, Horace and the Classical Tradition (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism
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The influence of the Roman poet Horace on Ben Jonson has often been acknowledged, but never fully explored. Discussing Jonson's Horatianism in detail, this study also places Jonson's densely intertextual relationship with Horace's Latin text within the broader context of his complex negotiations with a range of other 'rivals' to the Horatian model including Pindar, Seneca, Juvenal and Martial. The new reading of Jonson's classicism that emerges is one founded not upon static imitation, but rather a lively dialogue between competing models Ė an allusive mode that extends into the seventeenth-century reception of Jonson himself as a latter-day 'Horace'. In the course of this analysis, the book provides fresh readings of many of Jonson's best known poems - including 'Inviting a Friend to Dinner' and 'To Penshurst' - as well as a new perspective on many lesser known pieces, and a range of unpublished manuscript material.
  

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Contents

Horatian lyric presence and the dialogue with Pindar
13
Chapter 2 Horatian libertas in Jonsons epigrams and epistles
54
Horace and Juvenal
94
classical translation and cultural authority
135
Chapter 5 Translating Horace translating Jonson
173
Conclusion
211
manuscript transcriptions
217
Bibliography
226
Index of passages discussed
241
General index
245
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About the author (2010)

Victoria Moul is a lecturer in Latin language and literature at King's College London. She works on various aspects of the interpretation of classical poetry in both ancient and more modern literature.

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